Friday, July 13, 2018

Morning by Morning, July 13 - "Put Out into the Deep Water"
 
Good morning, Lord Jesus. My Lord and Savior, be Lord of my life and every moment of my day.  ...
 
"When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, 'Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.' Simon answered, 'Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if You say so, I will let down the nets.' When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break.... Then Jesus said to Simon, 'Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.' When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed Him" (Luke 5:4-11).
 
It takes some effort to "put out into deep water." You don't get there by accident and it's never easy -- especially when you're tired or discouraged or disappointed. Even when you're tired and weary from the exhaustion of fruitfulness and success, it's hard to say, "Let's do it again! Let's go deeper still! Let's go further than last time and beyond our expectations!"
 
But to "put out into (the) deep water" of Your Spirit, is to seek to hear Your voice, to call You "Master," and obey the nudges of Your guidance in trusting faith, no matter the circumstances of how things appear at the moment. We need not be afraid. And we need not hold back, because there is always an abundance that follows obedience.
 
Part of living life in the "deep water" is being willing to not always see the abundance that follows obedience at the time. So often, we have to "walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7). If we insisted on only believing what we see and trusting only what we feel and always playing it safe to never take a risk on our sense of Your leading in the still, small voice we'd never get past the shallow water. And we'd never know the abundant treasures that wait for us in the deep water.
 
You've prepared a treasure of abundance for us in the "deep water" of Your Spirit. There's a great catch if we're just willing to be caught up in the arms of Your embrace to live in trusting faith. That's the place where "Eye has not seen nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him ... God has reveled them to us through His Spirit ... yes, the deep things of God" (1 Corinthians 2:9-10). That's the place where we hear and respond to Your Word:  "Call to Me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known" (Jeremiah 33:3).
 
So when "Deep calls to deep," we can respond and put out to the deep water -- no matter how tired we are or how the circumstances appear -- or we can just settle for what we have and just stay where we are, content to live out our lives in the shallow water (Psalm 42:7). It's safer for sure. We have a lot more control when the water is only up to our ankles instead of over our heads (Ezekiel 47:3-5). But my, what great treasures we would miss. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays




My friend, I pray you take time to position your spirit to hear the Master call and sense the nudging of His Holy Spirit to put out into the deep waters of all the He has for you and desires to do through you, in Jesus' name! Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!

      


Tommy Hays | Messiah Ministries
Healing from the Inside Out
  
Pastoral Director | Rapha God Ministries
4 Dominion Drive, Building 1
San Antonio, Texas 78257

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Morning by Morning, July 12 - "Abundantly Prosperous"
 
Good morning, Lord Jesus. Thank You for the gift of prayer, here in the communion of Your Presence -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit of God.  ...
 
"When all these things have happened to you, the blessings and the curses that I have set before you, if you call them to mind among the nations where the Lord your God has driven you, and return to the Lord your God, and you and your children obey Him with all your heart and with all your soul, just as I am commanding you today, then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you, gathering you again from all the peoples among whom the Lord your God has scattered you. Even if you are exiled to the ends of the world, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you back. The Lord your God will bring you into the land that your ancestors possessed, and you will possess it; He will make you more prosperous and numerous than your ancestors.
 
Moreover, the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, so that you will love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, in order that you may live. The Lord your God will put all these curses on your enemies and on the adversaries who took advantage of you. Then you shall again obey the Lord, observing all His commandments that I am commanding you today, and the Lord your God will make you abundantly prosperous in all your undertakings, in the fruit of your body, in the fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your soil. For the Lord will again take delight in prospering you, just as He delighted in prospering your ancestors, when you obey the Lord your God by observing His commandments and decrees that are written in this Book of the Law, because you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
 
Surely, this commandment that I am commanding you today is not too hard for you, nor is it too far away.... No, the word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe" (Deuteronomy 30:1-14).
 
You take delight in making me "abundantly prosperous in all (my) undertakings" (v. 9). You take delight in my obedience to Your will and Your ways (v. 10). And You take delight when I come to realize I cannot even obey You apart from You, that I need Your word in my mouth and in my heart every moment of every day (v. 14).
 
Lord Jesus, You are the Word of God who lives in my heart (John 1:14). You are the One, along with my Father, who's given me Your Spirit to give me the desire and the power to obey Your will and walk in Your ways (Philippians 2:13). And You are the One who reminds me that the measure of my love for You is revealed in my obedience to You:  "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever.... On that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. They who have My commandments and keep them are those who love Me; and those who love Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love them and reveal Myself to them.... Those who love Me will keep My word, and My Father will love them, and We will come to them and make Our home with them. Whoever does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word that you hear is not Mine, but is from the Father who sent Me.... The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.... If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. I have said these things to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete" (John 14:15-15:11).
 
So there is a Biblical relationship between love, obedience, and prosperity. And it's all related to my personal relationship with You and complete dependence upon You and Your Spirit abiding within me. This is how You've expressed Your heart and Your plans for me in Your Word:  "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future'" (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).
 
Obedience is not just an Old Testament thing; it's a Jesus thing. Just like prosperity is not just a Jesse Duplantis thing; it's a Bible thing. And You've said these things through Your Word living in our hearts so that "(our) joy may be complete" as You delight in both our obedience and our prosperity. There's no "prosperity gospel" apart from the "obedience gospel."
 
Come, Holy Spirit, sent from My Father in the name of Jesus. Anoint me afresh with the desire and the power to love and obey, to keep turning to God and returning to God. No matter how far I ever get away, You're always calling me home to the place of being "abundantly prosperous" in my relationship with You. "How joyful are those who fear the Lord -- all who follow His ways! You will enjoy the fruit of your labor. How joyful and prosperous you will be! ... This is the Lord's blessing for those who fear Him!" (Palm 128:1-4 NLT) In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays




My friend, I pray you are "abundantly prosperous" in your deeply personal relationship of obedience and love with the Lord our God, in Jesus' name! Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!

     




Tommy Hays | Messiah Ministries
Healing from the Inside Out
  
Pastoral Director | Rapha God Ministries
4 Dominion Drive, Building 1
San Antonio, Texas 78257

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Morning by Morning, July 11 - "Share His Divine Nature"
 
Good morning, Lord Jesus. Be at the center of all I am and all I do this day.  ...
 
"By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the One who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence. And because of His glory and excellence, He has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share His divine nature and escape the world's corruption caused by human desires" (2 Peter 1:3-4 NLT).
 
Lord, how can I -- being human and filled with the human desires of my world -- come to "share (Your) divine nature"? How can I "have the mind of Christ" and "let the same mind be in (me) that was in Christ Jesus? (1 Corinthians 2:16; Philippians 2:5) How can I "be perfect, therefore, as (my) heavenly Father is perfect"? (Matthew 5:48) How can I "be holy" just "as He who has called (me) is holy" (1 Peter 1:15)? How can I be one of those who are created and called to "be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, in which (we) shine like stars in the world ... holding fast to the world of life" (Philippians 2:14-16).  ...
 
As I wait and listen, it seems I hear You saying: "My son, apart from Me, you can do nothing. Apart from Me, you cannot stop sinning and become a saint or start doing everything right and stop doing anything wrong. It is not about what I have called you to do or not do; it is about who I have called you to become. I have called you to become like Me."
 
Yes, Lord. But how would I become like You? ...
 
I believe I hear You speaking in my heart:  "You become like Me as you yield to Me. Willing choose, by the power of My grace, to let Me conform you to My nature. Allow My Spirit to fill you and change you, to lead you and guide you, to put My thoughts in your mind and My desires in your heart, to make you more like Me each day. You cannot do this; but you can choose to allow Me to do this in you if you willingly choose to be desperately dependent upon Me alone through humility and faith."   ...
 
Yes, Lord. I believe You. And I believe Your "great and precious promises" for me and for all who believe and come to know You. "For God knew His people in advance, and He chose them to become like His Son, so that His Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, He called them to come to Him. And having called them, He gave them right standing with Himself. And having given them right standing, He gave them His glory" (Romans 8:29-30 NLT). "As we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, be we can face Him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world" (1 John 4:17 NLT). "As He is, so are we in this world" (1 John 4:17 NRSV).
 
So by the power of Your grace at work within me, in humility and faith, I willingly choose to be desperately dependent upon You alone.
 
Come, Holy Spirit of God. Make me perfect as my heavenly Father is perfect; make me holy as You are holy; make me to share Your "divine nature" as You give me both the desire and the power to keep desiring Your nature every day. "For it is God working in (me), giving (me) the desire and the power to do what pleases Him" (Philippians 2:13 NLT). And I believe this is what pleases You -- that I would be willing to become more like You each day. "God's will is for (me) to be holy" (1 Thessalonians 4:3 NLT). It's only possible by the grace of Your love, the power of Your blood, and the work of Your Spirit (1 John 1:7). Lord, let it be so. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays




My friend, I pray God's Holy Spirit gives you the desire and the power to become more like Jesus every day, that you may share in His divine nature and shine like a star in your world, in Jesus' name! Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!

   




Tommy Hays | Messiah Ministries
Healing from the Inside Out
  
Pastoral Director | Rapha God Ministries
4 Dominion Drive, Building 1
San Antonio, Texas 78257

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Morning by Morning, July 10 - A Sheep and a Son
 
Good morning, Lord Jesus. I speak out Your name and listen for Your voice.  ...
 
"The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.... Very truly, I tell you, I am the good shepherd" (John 10:2-11).
 
As I look to You in worship and listen for You in prayer, Your Holy Spirit opens the gate of my spirit to welcome You into every moment of my day. You call me by name; You know my nature and my needs; and You speak into my spirit what You want me to hear and to know.
 
I'm a sheep and I'm a son -- a sheep of Your fold and a son of my Father. Help me listen and hear, so I can rise and follow You into Your will for my day -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit of God. ...
 
As I look and listen to begin this day, it seems I hear You saying:  "My son, you always have the freedom to open the gate of your heart to Me or not, to watch and wait and worship or not, to take time to listen and trust and obey or not. Choose well. Seek Me first and My righteousness and My kingdom. Then all you need will be added unto you; and all I desire for you will be fulfilled through you."
 
Yes, Lord. As best as I can and all by Your grace, I choose to seek You first (Matthew 6:33). As a sheep of my Good Shepherd, I seek to hear Your voice and open my heart (Hebrews 3:7). As a son of God, I seek to be led by Your Spirit. "For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.... For (we) have received the spirit of sonship (Romans 8:14 RSV).
 
O Lord, my God, put Your thoughts in my mind and Your desires in my heart. Guide my steps by the leading of Your Spirit into the path of life You have for me today (Psalm 23:3). In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays




My friend, I pray you choose well to seek God first, that you may hear His voice and be led by His Spirit in the path of life He has chosen for you this day, in Jesus' name! Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!

  

Friends, I'm glad to have you with me on my daily journey of prayer. These are my journaled prayers I write each morning as I seek to start my day embraced by the Father, centered in Christ, and filled afresh with the Holy Spirit. God bless you and thank you for joining with me on the journey. And thank you so much for praying these prayers back for me, as I pray them for you!


Tommy Hays | Messiah Ministries
Healing from the Inside Out
  
Pastoral Director | Rapha God Ministries
4 Dominion Drive, Building 1
San Antonio, Texas 78257

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Monday, July 09, 2018

Morning by Morning, July 9 - "Led by the Spirit" Through Every Temptation

Good morning Lord Jesus. Help me begin my day embraced by my Father, centered in Christ, and filled with the Holy Spirit. ... 

"Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.... Then the devil took Him to the holy city.... Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain.... Jesus said to him, 'Away with you, Satan! For it is written, 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve only Him.'' Then the devil left Him, and suddenly angels came and waited on Him" (Matthew 4:1-11). 

Lord, help me learn to discern when I'm in a place where the Spirit has led me or where the devil has taken me. Even You, holy and without sin, were both led by the Spirit to places at times and taken by the devil to places at times, according to the Word of God. You were "in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin" (Hebrews 4:15 NKJV). You always knew how to respond. You always embraced all the Spirit had for You and always rejected all the devil had for You. By the power of Your grace, may I learn to do the same. 

Thank You for the promise of Your Word, "All who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God" (Romans 8:14). And for Your promise, "When the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide (me) into all the truth" (John 16:13). I am Your child and You are my Father. Come lead me by Your Spirit into Your truth. Empower me to discern and resist every temptation of the devil. "No temptation has overtaken (me) except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow (me) to be tempted beyond what (I) am able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that (I) may be able to bear it" (1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV). 

Let Your Word be hidden in my heart so that I can declare what is written; and let Your Spirit guide my spirit so that I'm certain where I am and who led me there or took me there. Then -- no matter whether it was You or the devil -- You'll cause it all to work together for good in the fulfillment of Your plans and purposes (Romans 8:28). In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays




My friend, I pray you are led by the Spirit through every temptation with God's Word hidden in your heart and God's Spirit guiding your spirit, in Jesus' name! Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!

  

Friends, I've been away on a couple of family trips but am glad to be back with you on our journey of prayer together! God bless you and thank you for joining with me on the journey!


Tommy Hays | Messiah Ministries
Healing from the Inside Out
  
Pastoral Director | Rapha God Ministries
4 Dominion Drive, Building 1
San Antonio, Texas 78257

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